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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) sci-fi comedy about two geeks whose pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland derails when they meet an alien called Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). Cue an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.
For the past 60 years, Paul has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart-ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town (which happens to be Graeme and Clive's RV). Chased by federal agents (including Jason Bateman) and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch an escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship.
Directed by Superbad's Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg and Frost.
Comedy, Science Fiction
Rating: R13 contains violence, offensive language and sexual references
There’s a telling scene halfway through Paul, which hopes to do to Spielberg’s aliens what Shaun Of The Dead did to Romero’s zombies, where Frost (fat) is upset with Pegg (ginger) for the ultimate geek betrayal: talking to girls. Long-term fans may feel a similar burn. Though funny, this Hot Fuzz follow-up directed by Superbad’s Greg Mottola shows the pair surrendering to Hollywood – think product placement, cheesy music cues, Saturday Night Live alumni – and watching your heroes feeding from the hand they used to bite (or at least nibble) makes for occasionally uneasy viewing.
Where previous efforts offered an embarrassment of riches, Paul feels overstuffed, a buddy-buddy-buddy movie with Pegg, Frost and Seth Rogen’s eponymous alien – plus love interest Kristen Wiig and glamourous gran Blythe Danner – being chased by Feds, religious nuts and angry rednecks. But they’re still missing a key player. Shaun and Fuzz director Edgar Wright’s endless invention whizzed us through the plot points; Mottola, meanwhile, hits them at cruising speed so we feel every bump.
In a sense, our heroes have written themselves out of their own movie. With the endless injokes, Rogen’s sweary, stonerish observations, plus an actual (if underwritten) romance, there’s no time to enjoy their trademark bromance. Paul still boasts more character and laughs per minute than most Hollywood efforts, but it’s an average Rogen/Mottola film rather than a good Pegg/Frost one. As UFO comedies go, it’s far from crash-and-burn, but nobody will be picking over the wreckage in years to come.
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Laughs are alien
Nice idea. Nice trailer. Falls flat on its big green headed alien face as a full length movie. Painfully obvious and almost totally devoid of laughs, originality, wit or much to say. Is it just me? Or is "Paul", just like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead," another "good idea" movie that would have worked far better and been far funnier as a half-hour episode of something like Pegg's excellent TV sit-com, "Spaced"? If you beep the bad language this is basically a kids film about a potty mouthed alien who is helped by two comic-book and sci-fi movie geeks. The nods to Spielberg, Lucas and a few sci-fi movies were fun but hardly made it either funny or bearable. But then again, I was unimpressed by "Shaun of the Dead" - nice title, dull movie - so what do I know? For me, true comedy is "Monty Python's Life of Brian," or Sami Rami's "Evil Dead 2" or Peter Jackson's "Braindead." This? This is just a middle-of-the-road-movie with a cute stoner alien CGI character, but we've seen Seth Rogan as an alien playing the far funnier character of Bob the Blob in "Monsters vs Aliens." Two yawn-inducing stars for Mr Pegg and Mr Frost :(
I'm not a big fan of toilet humour movies, or of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, so I assumed I'd hate this one. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much... no expectation. It's funny and a perfect Friday night movie. Not sure why other reviews aren't so favourable. I think the thing I liked about it the most was that it was different. There's so many movies out there, it's hard to find a unique concept, and I think this had it. Thumbs up.
To be honest I was actually quite surprised in that I actually enjoyed this. I suspected, much like all Pegg minus Wright movies, that this would be a charming, if rather unimpressive comedy thin on laughs and with a concept stretched to its limits. And while it's hardly going to break any barriers of the genre, I did actually find myself amused for it's length with a nice homage of sorts to the sci-fi greats of the past, mixed with a little of Pegg/ Frost's top notch ability to delight their audience with plenty of heart and a lot of raucous comedy. Rogen, surprisingly, also worked as the alien to two guys run into while on their great American road trip, with the comedic accents to his character evoking a character who has been ruined by years of western culture. At times the jokes felt a little repetitive, and it did seem to run out of steam after about an hour, but nevertheless, it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours, with enough references to keep a geek's attention maintained throughout.
Didn't think much of this movie going into it, but was very suprised at how good it was. The perfect combination of funny and light-hearted it was a great watch!
wow what fun
I really enjoyed this movie. it was so funny & a lot more fun than I thought it would be. a lot of in jokes to other movies made it all the more enjoyable.
what a fun movie
really enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. a real laugh a minute, lots of in movie references & just a good fun movie to watch
Could have been better..
Whilst Pegg and Frost's chemistry is as dynamic as ever i think my impression of this film has been tarnished due to its constant comparison to that of the 'Blood and Ice Cream' trilogy. It's not the same director, i find myself screaming at people as they lament on how it lacked the dark humour of 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Shaun of the Dead.'
That being said i adored the constant sci-fi references and Rogen didn't do that bad of a job as Paul. Oh and Bateman is spectacular as stoic as ever but that's why we love him.
Not there best but still a laugh out loud Movie
I just love Simon Pegg & Nick Frost but its no Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead maybe because the Duo are missing there buddy Edgar Wright Seth Rogen does what he does best playing a weed smoking Alien Trying to get back home theres certainly a lot of references that like myself sci fi fans will get all in all not a bad film but not the best still if your a fan its a must see movie just to see the ending alone i dont think this is part of there blood and icecream trilogy its one that you will watch over and over just to get the subtle and not so subtle subtexts
A warranty for lot of laughter!
It was just ok, nothing special and quite forgettable